Things haven’t been easy for Usura. When Ana, Alfonso, Miguel and Gary (ex member of english bands Cement Garden and La Cucina) made their first record for Elefant back en 1992, the “Lovesick” Ep, people in Spain weren’t very receptive to their sound, a sharp, sometimes catchy noise pop with an edge.
Then, suddenly, their songs gained extensive airplay in the few most important magazines in Spain (“Lovesick” was the 8th best song of the year for Rock de Lux, our VOX) and everytime, their concerts were attended by a large number of people. No one knows who, our indie scene was invented then, and a whole bunch of new bands were ready to end up with the stereotypes of spanish music being AOR or mainstream flamenco. Usura were already leading the scene.
After one year of touring and droping songs in several compilations (in Germany, Japan, England...), the “Hake Romana” Lp have meant a successful comeback for Usura. If clear, dense, poweful and intelligent pop is what you crave, Usura are here to clear away the cobwebs that were left behind your speakers from too much distorsion, posturing and/or indie mediocrities. Their lyrics combine sensual images with abstract meanings. Some songs are somewhat poppy, with strong guitar melodies surging forward, and the musical styles cover a range of dynamics and instruments from loud and distorted to soft and semi acoustic. Tracks such as “Childtoy”, “Maze”, or “Sweeten the air” had something to do when they were chosen to support Yo La Tengo in their spanish gigs (as they did before with Lush) and for the rave reviews “Hake Romana” has achieved in several spanish magazines and newspapers.
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